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    New Census numbers show Lone Star state rapid rise

    The U.S. Census Bureau just reported that the Austin-Round Rock was the second-fastest growing metropolitan statistical area (MSA)* between 2007 and 2008. Its population jumped 3.8%, only outgrown by Raleigh, NC, which climbed 4.3%.

    Overall Texas saw meteoric increases. (Top 100 fastest-growing MSA chart in downloadable Excel spreadsheet.) Thirteen MSAs saw increases across the state saw a total population rise of 2.3%, or 451,264 people.

    The vast majority of those newcomers ended up in the Texas Triangle. In fact, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston took the #1 and #2 spot in the country for the most number of people added.

    Overall Rank by % Growth MSA Change ('07-'08) % Change
    28 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 146,532 2.4
    31 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 130,185 2.3
    2 Austin-Round Rock 60,012 3.8
    30 San Antonio 46,524 2.3
    14 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 21,126 3
    75 El Paso 12,093 1.7
    37 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 8,180 2.2
    45 Brownsville-Harlingen 7,831 2
    29 Laredo 5,464 2.4
    44 College Station-Bryan 4,226 2.1
    72 Tyler 3,325 1.7
    21 Midland 3,235 2.6
    50 Odessa 2,531 2

    On a county-by-county basis, 10 of the 25 counties with the largest total increase in population were in Texas. Furthermore, fully 19 of the 100 fastest growing counties were in Texas:

    Overall Rank by % Growth
    County Texas Triangle
    % Growth
    6 Williamson Austin-Round Rock6.0
    8 Kendall San Antonio 5.5
    9 Rockwall n/a
    10 Hays Austin-Round Rock 5.3
    14 Fort Bend Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 4.8
    19 Comal San Antonio 4.7
    21 Montgomery Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 4.5
    24 Guadalupe n/a 4.3
    27 Collin Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4.3
    29 Kaufman Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4.2
    37 Andrews n/a 4.0
    43 Denton Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3.7
    47 Ellis Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3.6
    48 Ward n/a 3.6
    76 Wilson San Antonio 3.2
    79 Hood Somerville + Granbury 3.1
    85 Parker n/a 3.1
    95 Hidalgo Athens 3.0
    100 Travis Austin-Round Rock 3.0

    That means the Texas Triangle accounted for 87.6% of the entire state's population growth. DFW and Houston were nearly neck-and-neck, but the Metroplex edged out the Bayou City by attracting 32.5% of new Texans.

    MSA Share of New Texans
    Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 32.47%
    Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 28.85%
    Austin-Round Rock 13.30%
    San Antonio 10.31%
    McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 4.68%
    El Paso 2.68%
    Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 1.81%
    Brownsville-Harlingen 1.74%
    Laredo 1.21%
    College Station-Bryan 0.94%
    Tyler 0.74%
    Midland 0.72%
    Odessa 0.56%

    Although it's great to be the state everybody loves, Texans already here are beginning to question the effects of so many more people will have on their way of life. .:.


    David Winans said...

    The growth could be concerning as you are saying. I believe that the current US financial crisis could cause more growth in the triangular area of Texas because of jobs. Also, baby boomers (now with less wealth) that were going to California or Florida, may look at Texas because of the lower cost of living. I think Texas population growth could end up much higher than what the Texas A&M demographers are predicting.

    editor said...


    I think you're correct on that. I'm not familiar with the Aggie forecast, but I know that these projections are subject to change. Likewise, the Texas Triangle may only be 23% of Texas, but it's a huge amount of land. I-35 is built up extensively between San Antonio and DFW, but I-45 and I-10 are not. Consider I-95 between Boston and DC for a forecast. Something like two-thirds of the Eastern seaboard lives within 50 miles (east and west) of that major artery.

    An excellent source on this topic I've been watching for years is Dr. Robert Lang at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech(www.mi.vt.edu), he was one of the earliest proponents for megapolitan areas.

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